Probing the low transverse momentum domain of Z production with novel variables

Andrea Banfi, Mrinal Dasgupta, Simone Marzani, Lee Tomlinson
2012 Journal of High Energy Physics  
The measurement of the low transverse momentum region of vector boson production in Drell-Yan processes has long been invaluable to testing our knowledge of QCD dynamics both beyond fixed-order in perturbation theory as well as in the non-perturbative region. Recently the D\O\ collaboration have introduced novel variables which lead to improved measurements compared to the case of the standard QT variable. To complement this improvement on the experimental side, we develop here a complete
more » ... enological study dedicated in particular to the new \phi* variable. We compare our study, which contains the state-of-the-art next-to-next-to-leading resummation of large logarithms and a smooth matching to the full next-to-leading order result, to the experimental data and find excellent agreement over essentially the entire range of \phi*, even without direct inclusion of non-perturbative effects. We comment on our findings and on the potential for future studies to constrain non-perturbative behaviour.
doi:10.1007/jhep01(2012)044 fatcat:74mklw6m3befxfdwwoyuucnraa